Francis Jocky

Francis Jocky

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Simple but always groovy. It's modern and most important the melody is omnipresent. Let's call it "Melo-Groove".

Biography

Francis Jocky is one of the most exciting songwriters in the modern music scene. His music is a mellow blend of fantastic pop songwriting, international sounds and flavors, and soulful instrumentation. From Africa to France to the American stage, Francis Jocky is an artist with universal appeal.

Francis Jocky was born in Douala-Cameroon. From an early age he learned to express himself through music and by the age of twelve had begun playing piano and writing his own songs. At the age of fifteen Francis re-located to France and began to pursue his interest in music within the local music scene in a serious manner.

Francis has a wonderful duality as an artist which probably has its roots in his combined educational and musical training. He is the recipient of a doctorate from the prestigious Sorbonne in France combined with being a critically acclaimed musician and artist, who has made a name for himself in the European music scene.

Francis has played in several different bands along the way, but it was his collaboration with his brother Bobby in their band, CLASS that got the industry to take notice. The band was signed to a French label and was heavily promoted. Immediately following that experience, Francis began forming his own label.

As Francis’ reputation as an artist grew, he was approached by the legendary, Jon Anderson, lead singer of Yes. After hearing some of Francis’ work, Anderson proposed that the two form a band. In 1998, Francis and Anderson formed Know and were signed by Eagle Rock Entertainment. Fourteen songs composed by Francis became part of “Know”’s critically acclaimed album “The More You Know.”
Playing with Jon Anderson was a good experience, but Anderson’s attention was split by a “Yes” tour and Know was under-promoted.

Francis later performed at “A Tribute to Sting,” and also played his own music in clubs around the globe. His influences are easily traced to artists such as Jackson Browne, Randy Newman and Motown greats such as Stevie Wonder. He has been heavily compared to both Seal and Al Jarreau and also counts among his influences, jazz masters such as Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk.

Over the next few years Francis participated in many high profile concerts. Further more he was involved in the 2000 MIDEM music conference and in 2003 he put together his current band and was even fortunate enough to sing with Stevie Wonder while in Monte Carlo. The response of those shows was huge and Paris media hailed him as “The New Sensation.” In late 2003, Francis was invited to the Nemo Music Festival around the Boston Music Awards. “I was impressed with the reaction of the audience,” he says, “for me it was huge.” In 2004, Francis was approached by Eagle Rock Records to produce an album using South African music enhanced with Modern production. Francis took the producers role, taking the name of “Living Souls ” for the project. When the album, “Ambient Africa ” was released, it received critical praise from the worldwide media.

After working with artists such as Jon Anderson and performing with Stevie Wonder, Bono, Jacques Higelin, Ray Lema, and Wally Badarou, Francis embarked on the writing of his debut solo, CD, Mr. Pain. Written and produced entirely by Jocky, the CD has songs that talk about love, the state of the world and the human condition.

Discography

The following songs from "Mr Pain" are getting airplay:
"Mr Pain"
"Higher Love"
"Song of Freedom"
"Like You"
"My life"
"Sera"
"Down Slow"
"Tell me Why"
"We are"
"So Sad"

Played on college radios throughout USA and Canda,
FIP Radio, RFI, France Musique, France Inter and Radio NEO in France, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea

Set List

all originals
except "La Belle Dame sans Regrets" written by Sting. Francis Jocky participated on "A Tribute to Sting"